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According to the descriptions of King Solomon's Temple given in the Bible, there were three dyes used in the decoration of the Temple: Techelet, Tola-at Sheni, and Argamon. Techelet was blue, Tola-at Sheni was red, and Argamon was purple (sometimes called "Royal Purple").

In addition to their literal use in the construction of King Solomon's Temple, these colors also metaphorically have spiritual significance. Specifically, they are said to relate to three parts of the human soul: the animal soul (red), the spiritual soul (blue), and the human spirit (purple) which mediates between the two. In addition, the blue and red can be thought of as the principles of "Mercy" and "Severity" or "Wisdom" and "Strength" with purple or Argamon referring to the principle of "Balance" or "Beauty" which unifies and completes the set. These principles are alluded to in the symbols of a Masonic lodge.

Ultimately, Argamon relates to balance and reconciliation in all things. As such it is a fitting emblem of our attempt to make ourselves better men through Masonry and through our project to get a group of men together to petition for the charter of a new Masonic lodge dedicated to the spiritual aims of Masonry.

Date: 2007-08-27 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierceheart.livejournal.com
At some point I want to look at the three principal officers, and how they relate to the three pillars of the tree.

We are told that:

WM= Wisdom/Mercy
SW= Strength/Severity
JW= Beauty

with that in mind: Hiram= beauty???
Another thing I want to look at is where the pillars are in the Lodge, vice how it's done in CM groups.

This would require a quick look at Scottish Rite/French inspired ritual, where the Wardens sit in the West as the base of columns.

Date: 2007-08-27 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierceheart.livejournal.com
I've just looked at Table Lodge documents, and the SW is the Column of the North, and JW the South.

Date: 2007-08-28 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badbrad.livejournal.com
some more about colors. The Royal Arch's color is red and the blue lodge blue of course and the cryptic masons, which between them chronologically, is purple. Where as the blue lodge concerns itself with the work we do here and the RA with our reward after death. The council is more about how the secret is hidden within us.

On the pillars I like to look at them from the perspective of the officers actual construction duties and compare them to human consciousness. The WM is King Solomon who was charged by God to build the temple (our higher spiritual side) SW is the foreman who oversees the actual work and pays the wages (our rational intellect) JW is the craftsman who performs the actual work. His position is the one of balance as he oversees when the sun is directly overhead thus no shadows. It is his job to balance between the high spiritual aspirations and the rational plans to make the temple a reality as well as balance between work and refreshment. (our good judgment) The North the darkest part of the lodge would represent the material world.

Those are just my own personal observations.

Date: 2007-08-30 01:57 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
yeah about that long. I'm getting married in 3 weeks, then going on vacation.

Date: 2007-09-06 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badbrad.livejournal.com
Thanks, in more news we exulted 20 companions at our RA festival in June and this new program for promoting RA in the blue lodges is starting up this month.

Date: 2007-08-28 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baron-steffan.livejournal.com
Ah. I was wondering. Nice imagery; I like it.

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